Dec 4, 2015 11:44 PM

Steinhauser: Rubio tells NH1 News Democrats 'obsessed with gun control'

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CONCORD – Marco Rubio says top Democrats “absolutely jumped the gun” in calling for stronger gun laws in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

In a one-on-one interview with NH1 News, the senator from Florida and Republican presidential candidate said “they're obsessed with gun control. They think it's the answer to all these issues. None of the gun bills they're pushing forward would have prevented the recent tragedies and in the case of San Bernardino, it wouldn't have done anything at all because they were terrorists. Terrorists don't care what the gun laws are. No background check is going to stop a terrorist.”

On Thursday, one day after the massacre that left 14 people dead, President Obama called on lawmakers to act to keep guns out of the hands of those who may want to commit mass shootings.

And Hillary Clinton, at an event at Southern New Hampshire University, said “we need to take action now” in the push for increased gun laws.

Friday, after authorities confirmed that the killings were being investigated as a terrorist act, the Democratic presidential front runner and former secretary of states said on the campaign trail in Iowa that "I don't see any conflict at all between going after the terrorists with everything we have got... and doing more on gun safety measures,"

The New Hampshire Democratic Party fired back at Rubio’s comments.

"For all of Marco Rubio’s saber-rattling rhetoric on terror, he voted just yesterday against a bill that would have made it harder for suspected terrorists to purchase guns. Terror suspects’ gun purchases are currently approved 91% of the time, and this straightforward bill could have made our country safer from both terrorists and shooting sprees while respecting the Second Amendment,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Lizzy Price.

Rubio vows to pick up the pace in NH

Rubio spoke to NH1 News during at stop Friday afternoon at Gibson’s bookstore in downtown Concord. It was the second and last stop for Rubio during a quick one day campaign trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Rubio shook hands with supporters and customers shopping in the popular book store as he purchased presents for this four children.

"My kids, I've been gone a few days, so they'll be surprised when I bring something home,” he told NH1 News.

Saturday is Rubio’s wife’s birthday, but he wasn’t shopping for her.

“I already ordered a gift. I ordered that one on-line,” he said.

Rubio’s visit comes as his poll numbers in national surveys and in polls in the Granite State are on the rise.

The senator attributed some of that to consistency, saying “we’re just consistent in our campaign in terms of our message and what we stand for, what we’ll do if elected president.”

And with two months to go until the primary, Rubio said he’s going to pick up the pace when it comes to campaign swings in New Hampshire.

“You're going to see us coming here more and more. we've been here twice this week alone,” he said.

And Rubio told NH1 News that he’ll be back in the Granite State three or four more days before the end of the year.


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